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College Crosse Prospectus: High School Participation Going Up

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for August 10, 2017.

What You Missed

We have another edition of the Little Boxes Project and it’s the long-awaited women’s lacrosse episode!

Lafayette Leopards head coach Jim Rogalski is off to be an assistant with the Michigan Wolverines.

Lake Placid was such a fun experience last weekend.

The new Women’s Professional Lacrosse League will have five teams beginning in 2018.

Lacrosse The Nation

Lacrosse participation in high school is going up! There’s a higher percentage increase with girls than boys:

In the boys category, Indoor Track & Field, Volleyball, and Fencing (?) had better percentage increases, while Rifle (?) in the girls category topped lacrosse. Overall, this is great news for the sport and future BALLERS!

Team Canada’s Mason Raymond scored this lacrosse-style goal in the 2017 Sochi Open against Metallurg.

Former Ohio State Buckeyes assistant Corey Bulken is now with the Hartford Hawks as their newest assistant.

"I am very excited to welcome Corey to the Hartford Lacrosse family," said [Ryan] Martin, who enters his second season at the helm of the Hawks. "He has had a lot of success as both a player and coach, and has been a part of many teams that have competed in the NCAA Tournament. Corey is going to have a big impact on our student-athletes here at Hartford."

Bulken most recently served as an assistant coach for Ohio State, helping guide the Buckeyes to championship game of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Under his guidance, the Buckeyes finished the year ranked No. 4 in the nation in faceoff winning percentage at .621 percent.

Prior to landing at Ohio State, Bulken served two years as a volunteer coach at Virginia, working specifically with the faceoff specialists. During the 2016 season, the Cavaliers combined to rank No. 15 in the nation in winning percentage at the X.

Bulken began his coaching career at Washington College, located in Chestertown, Md. He helped lead the Shoremen to back-to-back NCAA Division II Tournament appearances while mentoring a faceoff specialist to All-America honors.

"To be adding an All-American, and a coach that has developed All-Americans, is a huge plus for our program," Martin continued. "I am confident he will be an excellent mentor and role model for our student-athletes and we are fortunate to have him."

The Siena Saints provide us with a great feature on junior midfielder Eric Munn and his internship from the summer.

Munn played football, basketball, track, and lacrosse at Canandaigua Academy and Deerfield Academy. During his time playing he racked up the 2014 Daily Messenger Co-Player of the Year for Lacrosse, the 2014 Monroe County Division 2 Player of the Year for Lacrosse, as well as the Monroe County Honorable Mention for football. With his hard work on the field, Munn was recruited by Siena, Rutgers, Mercer, Syracuse, Georgetown, Salisbury, and the family school, Ithaca. With his choice of schools, Munn made his decision to come to Siena College. “I chose Siena because I immediately felt at home when I stepped on campus,” Munn said.

Siena student athletes hear early and often about the tangible benefits of using their athletics and academic “families” to explore professional paths well before graduating. Men’s lacrosse offers a particularly rich culture for networking. Almost annually, Pete Ruggiero ‘93 offers a day of networking throughout New York City financial channels. Closer to the Capital Region, Eric Hungershafer ‘04 gives back in similar vein to his younger ‘brothers’ with assistance from his own brother, Ryan Hungershafer ‘01 (football). The Hungershafer's offer mentoring and networking help through the financial work they share at Northwestern Mutual.

Now a rising junior, Munn knew it would be smart to take the summer and intern to gain experience. After two years at Siena, he has cumulated a 3.85 grade point average in Finance and found himself on the MAAC All-Academic team for his hard work in the classroom. Munn began his internship with Riley, Nichols & Munn, an independent financial planning and investment firm based out of Rochester, New York, at the beginning of the summer. As the name suggests, Munn is a younger generation of the firm’s partners and noted how his contributions were valued as helpful and insightful. Munn’s older brother Michael is a Financial Consultant for Riley, Nichols & Munn.

“Ultimately, this experience has taught me that it is never too early to start working towards financial independence,” Munn noted. “Each meeting I had with clients further opened my eyes to the benefits of seeking financial planning advice. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute my ideas and use what I have learned in my classes and on the field at Siena College to make a difference in the real world. All in all, effort and persistence are essential in order to receive desired results for the classroom, the lacrosse field, and the world of finance.”

The High Point Panthers officially announced the hiring of former Michigan assistant Ken Broschart.

"We are extremely excited to have Ken join the High Point Lacrosse Family," [Jon] Torpey said. "Ken is a tireless worker who has a knack for building incredibly strong relationships with all those he comes in contact with. It was clear early on in the interview process and through conversations with fellow lacrosse coaches that his passion and knowledge of the game was exceptional. We look forward to having him bring his energy and expertise to our program."

Broschart comes to the Triad after spending a decade in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the University of Michigan. He became the defensive coordinator as the program transitioned to NCAA competition in 2011. Similarly, while running all aspects of the defensive strategy and scouting, Broschart served as the program's recruiting coordinator.

He’ll work with the team’s face-off unit and assist with the defense and man-down unit.

Maryland Terrapins head coach John Tillman is mulling his tattoo decision.

But the Terps got their fresh championship ink.

Future Loyola Greyhounds player Aidan Olmstead does it for the kids!

The Drexel Dragons gave some swag out.


Philly Jawns

The Philadelphia Eagles play a preseason game tonight against the Green Bay Packers. Here’s some players to watch, and the All-Decade Preseason team. Long live Chad Hall.

World News

Lacrosse’s favorite former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci isn’t going anywhere yet!

Video of the Day

Will Smith Carpool Karaoke, because Philadelphia!

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